Feds announce $1.7M to help build more electric vehicle chargers in B.C.

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The feds have announced an investment of $1.7 million to help build 129 new electric vehicle charging stations. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press - image credit)
The feds have announced an investment of $1.7 million to help build 129 new electric vehicle charging stations. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press - image credit)

The federal government is spending $1.7 million to help fund the installation of 128 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in British Columbia.

The bulk of the money — $1.2 million — will contribute to 28 new public EV chargers to be located on B.C. highways. The B.C. Ministry of Transportation is adding the remaining $2.4 million to the $3.6 million project. The chargers are slated to be up and running this winter.

The remaining $500,000 of federal money is being put toward installing 100 Level 2 chargers at Burnaby city hall for the city's vehicle fleet. The project's total cost is $1.1 million, with the remainder funded by the City of Burnaby.

The announcement was made by Natural Resources Minister Johathan Wilkinson in Burnaby. The federal and provincial governments have set 2035 as the target for when all new passenger vehicles sold must be zero-emission.

Zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) accounted for 13 per cent of all new light-duty vehicle sales in B.C. in 2021, the highest rate of uptake in North America.

It's estimated there are over 79,000 ZEVs on provincial roads.

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